From award-winning pubs and restaurants to a fabulous food market, Richmond and Barnes is full of fantastic foodie things to do this autumn
1 Great value lobster
Richmond’s favourite flamboyant restaurant and bar Rock n’ Rose has a top new chef, Mirek Dawid, whose previous career includes stints at restaurants like Randall & Aubin and working with the likes of Marco Pierre White. November sees a characteristically decadent Rock n’ Rose special of half a lobster with mac n’ cheese or, for the more healthy minded among us, freshly grilled lobster with herb mixed salad, for just £21.95.
106-108 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PQ; 020 8948 8008; rockandroserestaurant.com
2 Christmas comes early
Get in the festive spirit and grab some gourmet goodies early at Kingston’s Christmas Market. Starting on 13 November, the town’s market will pop up as a transformed winter wonderland with a Narnia theme laden with scrumptious classic festive treats, such as mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and more. Quaint wooden chalets selling culinary delights are perfect for Christmas stocking fillers or the Christmas Day table, as well as plenty of handmade arts & crafts for gifts for all the family and of course a Santa’s grotto.
3 Award-winning ale
Fancy a cracking pint? Barnes’s Red Lion Pub has scooped the Best Cellar award in this year’s Great British Pub Awards for the South East. Run by managers Angus and Claire, the Fuller’s pub is poised to pull the perfect pint for punters and regulars who want to savour a spot of London Pride, Chiswick Bitter or many more. The Red Lion’s cellar even features its own ‘in cellar’ tasting bar which customers can ask to see and also plays host to beer events and cellar tours.
2 Castelnau, Barnes SW13 9RU; 020 8748 2984; red-lion-barnes.co.uk
4 Delicious Dysart
The Dysart in Petersham has scooped the highest score of any restaurant in the borough in the recently published 2015 Good Food Guide. It is the Dysart’s first entry in the coveted guide, scoring an impressive six, and it was also listed in the Eating Undercover section of the guide as well as the guide’s top five highlights of the year and the’ best single bite of food I ate this year’ for their ‘soy and mirin-marinated scallop sushi with truffle mayonnaise’. If you haven’t tried the Dysart yet, why not go along to one of their classical recitals on the first Sunday evening of each month, or one of their regular wine tastings – paired with head chef Kenneth Culhane’s delicious locally sourced, often foraged, but always delicious food.
5 Spooky treats
Don’t miss top treats with no tricks at Gail’s Bakery with their range of gruesome bites: headless gingerbread men, severed heads, monster fingers, meringue ghosts and spooky black cats.